April 29, 2008
IT will be a trip down memory lane in more ways than one when a group of 450 riders of British-made motorcycles converge on Ipoh for the Malaysia International Classic Bike Festival.
The bikers will ride both pre-war and post-war machines to visit heritage buildings like the Ipoh Railway Station and Kellie’s Castle and the tin dredge in Batu Gajah.
The three-day festival, beginning May 2, will be held for the first time in Perak.
Ipoh British Classic Bikers’ Club deputy president Azman Omm said it was the seventh time the club was organising the annual event with last year’s ride held in Klang.
“We expect local and foreign bikers to take part in this year’s event which we hope will help promote tourism in the state,” he added.
Azman said among the classic bikes that would be used for the gathering at Dataran Ipoh for the festival were Norton, BMW, Triumph and a 1908 Sunbeam.
He said three women bikers had already signed up for the event and the oldest participant would be an 86-year-old teacher.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who was present at the press briefing yesterday, said the state would be funding RM70,000 for the event.